Modern homes need to be more flexible than ever before, as they often accommodate multiple generations under one roof. If you’re planning to build an in-law suite in your home, you’ll undoubtedly want it to be both functional and beautiful. This may mean building a new kitchen for your in-laws or other aging family members.
Before deciding whether to include a kitchen, consider this: Many senior individuals who move in with other relatives are mourning the loss of their independence. They may miss having their own kitchen to organize and use however they wish. Building a separate kitchen for the in-law suite also benefits the primary family members. You’ll be able to organize and maintain your own kitchen how you prefer, without needing to accommodate the preferences of the in-laws.
It can be difficult for all family members to adjust to the new household configuration. To make the transition as smooth as possible, it’s essential to safeguard each family’s privacy. A separate kitchen can help you do exactly that. For instance, you’ll be able to enjoy a relaxing movie night without hearing your mother-in-law working in the nearby kitchen.
Aging family members often move in with relatives because they need more help around the house. Your current kitchen might not provide the level of accessibility your aging relatives might need, especially if they are in a wheelchair or otherwise have major medical limitations. It may be best to build a separate kitchen in the in-law suite designed especially to accommodate their unique needs. When accessibility is a factor, it’s generally best to create the in-law suite on the first floor. In these situations, homeowners typically need to plan for an addition.
Any kitchen renovation project, no matter how large or small, requires careful planning. When you work with Southwest Kitchen and Bath, we’ll take care of the details for you! You can connect with our expert design team in Tucson by calling (520) 531-9187.